As of this exact moment no mention in the news media of an American submarine have been torpedoed by the Russians and sunk.
The fire with loss of life on the Russian AS-12 Losharik submarine is reported.
Nothing further with regard to additional possible submarine disaster.
Also in certain media reports that President Putin was meeting in emergency meeting with his defense chiefs. AND Vice-President Pence canceling a scheduled trip and also returning to Washington DC in a hurried manner.
LOSHARIK DESCRIBED AS A "SPY SHIP". NOT "SPY" IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE OF THE WORD. RECONNAISSANCE AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS OF A MILITARY NATURE RATHER.
1. Thanks once more and further still to the H. I. Sutton Internet web site the mission of Losharik as discussed in detail as best understood.
Losharik as envisioned not operating in a fully 100 % autonomous and independent manner. Slung underneath a modified Soviet era Delta III class missile firing submarine. Carried to the "scene of the action" by the "mother-ship" and released. Recovered when mission completed. Losharik not going it alone.
2. Losharik a "spy ship" apparently with a primary on-call mission the interdiction of undersea Internet fiber optic cable. Intercept and "listen in" to Internet communications and traffic during a time of peace. Sever such cables during a time of war or possible conflict.
Naval strategy for over one-hundred years the protection of oceanic choke points as deemed essential to world commerce and war-making capability of nations heavily dependent on trade and commerce, transport of raw materials via merchant marine vessels essential to vital industries.
As extracted from the Strategy Page article by Colonel Austin Bay: "On Point: Protecting Choke points Remains a Key Strategic Challenge"
INTERNET MARITIME UNDERWATER FIBER-OPTIC CABLE CHOKE POINTS!
"Everyone using a computer knows Internet data can be disrupted. The cyberspace 'domain' has features analogous to geographic features. The 21st-century's best-known cyber superhighway is the Internet."
"However, the Internet has maritime choke points . . . [as of 2010] 90 percent of global email traffic was 'conveyed via undersea fiber-optic cables. These cables bunch in several critical sea areas (off New York ... the English Channel, the South China Sea ... and off the west coast of Japan).'"
"Maps from 2018 record more undersea cables, but their routes differ little from 2010. One trade organization estimated they handle over 95 percent of all intercontinental data."
INTERRUPT THOSE UNDERSEA FIBER-OPTIC INTERNET CABLES AND YOU HAVE A WAR-WINNING MEASURE??